Patrician Details

The Patrician

Dozens (hundreds?) of books have been written about the fantastic historic architecture in downtown Chicago.  But there are hundreds of other buildings around Chicago with equally wonderful details.

One of them is The Patrician (401 West Fullerton Parkway) in Lincoln Park.  We were invited in recently, and the building has done a great job of preserving its elevators.  Unfortunately, the floor indicator medallions on the cathedral-style elevator doors are no longer functioning.  But the brass and glass linear indicators inside are.  The painted ceilings of the elevators have also been thoughtfully illuminated, and the floors appear to be the original mosaic tile.  

If you know someone who lives there, it’s time to invite yourself over.

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at

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